Disney Thinks Tinker Bell and Captain Hook Are ‘Potentially Problematic’

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Disney execs worried that Tinker Bell and Captain Hook were “potentially problematic” during their review of content headed to the new Disney+ streaming service, the New York Times reports. The review is part of Disney’s “Stories Matter” initiative, a wide-ranging effort to bring more inclusion into the Disney-sphere. From the project’s website:

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures.

Tinker Bell (yes, I thought it was one word too) raised concern because she is “body conscious” and jealous of Peter Pan’s attention. A young attractive woman who cares about her appearance and likes boys—the horror! Meanwhile they reportedly fretted over Captain Hook because has a disability but likes to do villainous things, and that could be considered by some to be discriminatory.

As I’ve noted before, many well-meaning efforts to promote diversity actually have the opposite effect—exclusion. For instance, are actors with disabilities going to no longer be offered villain parts, often the most sought after because thespians get to chew up the scenery?

Also drawing fire was Ursula, the sea witch from The Little Mermaid. From The Times:

Her dark color palette (lavender skin, black legs) could be viewed through a racial lens, the Stories Matter team cautioned; she is also a “queer coded” character, with mannerisms inspired in part by those of a real-life drag queen.

Wait, I thought we were supposed to like drag queens? I’m so confused.

The below tweet shows how absurd this all could get if we delve deeply into every character’s deeds, skin color, sexuality etcetera.

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